By thrusting almost all of the world’s countries’ leaders together in the same place at the same time, it seems almost inevitable that the United Nations (UN) General Assembly meeting will produce its fair share of controversies.
Another year, another anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I feel compelled once more to follow up on what I have previously argued on this subject, if nothing else in the hope that I will get through to some members of the so-called “9/11 Truth” movement and persuade them what a worthless enterprise their whole project is and, indeed, always has been. In this article I will deal with what motivates me to “go on the attack,” as one Truther put it to me in a recent exchange. First though, let me take you through the back-story.
In my latest piece for LA Progressive, I discuss what went wrong at The Canary.
For about four years I was a regular contributor to the UK-based online publication The Canary. The experience was instrumental in launching my writing career and helping me build a small following on social media. The Canary hired me as a contributor to its global section and I subsequently submitted articles about current affairs in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. As one of its few US-based writers, I also began to write extensively about the Trump administration and the failure of the Democratic Party to provide an alternative to crushing neoliberalism at home and endless imperialism abroad.
On August 20, Ecuadorians went to the polls to elect a new president just over two years since the previous presidential elections of 2021. Luisa González of the Citizens’ Revolution party topped the poll with 33%. But since no candidate achieved the necessary threshold to win in the first round, the election will now be decided via a run-off election in October. She will face political newcomer Daniel Noboa of the center-right National Democratic Action Party, who surprised political observers by placing second in a crowded field with 24% of votes counted.
In April, Bernie Sanders announced that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for the 2024 presidential election, instead backing his 2020 rival and incumbent president Joe Biden. He stated that he would “do everything I can to see the president is reelected.” Earlier this month, another major figure from the Democratic Party’s so-called “progressive” wing, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, went so far as to denounce West’s run based on fears about the tired and discredited so-called “spoiler” effect.
Appearance On By Any Means Necessary, Sputnik Radio: The Real ‘Spoiler’ is Dem Refusal to Help Poor and Working People
I’m very happy to have again had the opportunity to appear on Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary to discuss my latest piece at CounterPunch about the so-called spoiler effect and the Democrats’ failure to do anything about it. Click here to access the interview. The segment featuring me starts at about 9 and half minutes in.
There’s a Simple Solution to the So-called “Spoiler” Problem, But Don’t Expect the Democrats to Solve It
Loyal readers: I have finally broken my year and half-long hiatus to weigh in on the Democrats’ naysaying about Cornel West’s Green Party presidential run in 2024. Thank you for your continued interest in my work.
As soon as Cornel West announced that he is entering the 2024 presidential race as a Green Party candidate, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable calls of “spoiler” began coming from all the usual suspects. Establishment Democrats, naturally, have been at the forefront of this predictable scaremongering. Former Obama administration advisor David Axelrod, for instance, stated: “I don’t know why alarm bells aren’t going off now, and they should be at a steady drumbeat from now until the election.” Pennsylvania Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle, meanwhile, said: “Any Democrat who runs an independent or third-party presidential campaign is dramatically helping Republican odds’ of victory.”
Another Request for Help in Legal Case: Help Expose Twitter Trolls Who Attack Pro-Palestinian Journalists
Unfortunately my previous crowdfunding campaign failed to reach its target and therefore all pledges were returned. I have now started a new campaign with a more modest target:
If you can, I would greatly appreciate your help with this effort.
Since September of last year I have been involved in a legal case in the UK against an anonymous Twitter account for defamation. Having suffered years of abuse from Zionist Twitter trolls, I decided it was time to take a stand and call their bluff after having been smeared as an “anti-Semite” – a completely false accusation that I categorically deny and deeply resent. I am now on the cusp of exposing the account operator’s identity, which would mean I could then move forward with legal action seeking damages for reputational harm.
At this point, I have exhausted my own resources and so have set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for my legal costs. Please consider contributing if you can. Instructions for how to do so can be found here at CrowdJustice:
This case is just one of many against a network of anonymous Twitter accounts that go about smearing whoever dares to hold the Zionist state to account for its apartheid policies and crimes against humanity in occupied Palestine. Others who have been targeted by these trolls have lost their jobs, faced ongoing harassment, and, in one particular sad case, even committed suicide following a Twitter pile-on based on false allegations of antisemitism. I am pursuing this case as much on their behalf as on my own.
This case could serve as an important bellweather for the wider Palestinian solidarity movement. Any help you can provide would help me and my legal team land a body blow to the Zionist propaganda machine and set a powerful precedent for future legal proceedings relating to the Israel lobby’s ongoing smear campaign against pro-Palestinian journalists and activists.
Since the publication of my essay on the background of the rise of Vladimir Putin in Russia, the piece has been republished at CounterPunch and LA Progressive in addition to Popular Resistance where it first appeared. This morning, I appeared on the Washington DC-based radio show By Any Means Necessary to discuss the article. Listen to the interview here (skip forward about nine and half minutes to get straight to part when I appear).